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#580 of 1050 Bumpy Ride
Jun 29, 2006 (4:32 am)
G'day all from Australia. Trust you are all well. Our new Suzuki Grand Vitara 4WD V6 rides like a dream. It floats over bumps, corrugations, indentations on the highway and side streets. I havent checked my tyre pressure but at a rough look/guesstimate it wouldnt be anywhere near 50 psi. Our tyres are 16" bridgestone duellers. I don't know what brand your tyres are over there. The brand of tyre, inflation level can make one heap of difference. In all my years of owning numerous cars (and heaps of motorbikes - during a misspent youth)and pickups I would venture to say that the ride in our new Suzuki is the best out of any car I have owned. My suzuki 2006 came with a bog standard clarion CD (not MP3 included) and today I had it replaced by a car audio specialist. It was somewhat frustrating to find that the local Suzuki dealer did not stock parts such as a under head unit radio pocket. It appears that Suzuki parts availability may be an issue - ditto with no companies here making steering wheel audio control adapters for non suzuki factory audio head units. Other than this extremely happy, as is the wife, whom sneaks off with the Suzuki 4WD, at every opportunity, despite her having a 1 year old toyota corolla. I certainly hope that Suzuki do not go the way of soft SUV's. If Suzuki pulled their finger out then they would corner the market in its current class. This vehicle has a lot of potential - I just hope that Suzuki, Japan listens and learns and does not attempt to economize by cutting corners/features. It would be interesting to compare the Australian Suzuki Grand Vitaras 2006 (which are fully manufactured and assembled in Japan) with the ones sold in the US and Canada to compare the quality/finish.
Will toast your health with a few aussie beers.
#581 of 1050 Another Happy Owner
Jun 29, 2006 (7:19 am)
We are pushing 5000 miles on our GV and very satified. We swapped in a 2003 4cyl Vitara and there is a world of difference in ride and handling. Our tires were also overinflated when received(48psi).Maybe the factory should check calibration on their gages. My only complaint is the MPG readout on the dash. What good is it? Talked to my sales rep yesterday and he told me Suzuki has a small pickup in the works. This sounds interesting.
#582 of 1050 Re: Bumpy Ride [rszabo]
Jun 29, 2006 (10:23 am)
Our new Suzuki Grand Vitara 4WD V6 rides like a dream. It floats over bumps, corrugations, indentations on the highway and side streets.
If I can ever achieve to float over the indentations on the highway if not over the bumps; I will be more than Happy! What is your Tire pressure rszabo ??? Does anyone also have a floating GV like rsZabo
Meanwhile, I have some tyre brand called: YoKoHaMa!
Has anyone soften the Suspension on the GV or is everyone with the factory's Stiff Suspension
I am never going to go Off-road with GV; so will the dealer soften it!
#583 of 1050 Re: Bumpy Ride [manoj]
Jun 29, 2006 (2:15 pm)
Suzuki inflates the tires to max psi for shipping purposes. The dealer (dealer prep? yea, right$$$) is supposed to adjust the pressure to specs. Ours rode extremely rough until I adjusted mine to 32psi. The tag is on the inside driver's door jamb. We have the Yokohama's, too.
I won't say ours "rides like a Cadillac", but it's very comfortable and handles great, although it does get thrown around in heavy winds.
Maybe rszabo's GV is loaded down with that great aussie ale.
#584 of 1050 Re: Bumpy Ride [budman3]
Jun 29, 2006 (4:22 pm)
budman3 & manoj, I suspect(beside the pressure) that it should be the 16in wheel which is making rszabo's GV to float. This is due to the higher profile tyres (which should be fitted) which will be more absorbent to the bumpy rides as compared to ours which is on 17in wheels and lower profile tyres. However, the downside of a higher profile rubber will be lower connering stability due to the higher flex of the rubber.
Any other ideas?
#585 of 1050 Re: Bumpy Ride [bj9996]
Jun 29, 2006 (4:43 pm)
I think I have the 16inch alloy wheel since I own the xSport Package, and i think its the Luxury package that comes with 17inch wheel.
Anywayz I only got appointment for Wednesday just to do alignment check on the car! I guess I can myself adjust the tire-pressure or shud i get it done from the service center itself.
Plus I hv read that u shud check reading of tyre PSI after only 1 mile run or after 3 hrs of standing in the Manual to get the accurate reading.
#586 of 1050 Re: Bumpy Ride [manoj]
Jun 29, 2006 (5:08 pm)
I would think every model GV has a slightly different set up in suspension and components(help me norwoodsmn),i.e.; 2 or 4wd, auto, manual, 16", 17", etc. They might all have unique driving qualities.
I have the Luxury 2wd with 17" wheels.
Air pressure should be checked when cold. The more you drive, the more heat and the more the pressure will increase which is normal but don't lower your tire pressure when the tires are hot, you will end up with lower psi when cold.
Tires can be a pain,but are a crucial part of maintenance to avoid tire failure. We see it all too often here in the heat of the desert.
I would rather be drinking a beer or reading a book than changing a tire.
#587 of 1050 Bumpy ride
Jun 30, 2006 (4:33 pm)
G'day all from Australia. The tyres on our grand vitara are 16" bridgestone duellers high profile. Regarding cornering I havent had a problem with body roll etc. This is one fine vehicle. I suspect those people having a problem with their ride need a different brand of tyre/and or tyre pressure. Yokohoma tyres over here are a very stock standard tyre - when my factory fitted tyres wear out I wouldnt consider yokohoma tyres as a replacement. Budman do you know how to get the bolts/fasteners out of the guard underneath the engine to get at the oil filter? Do they just pull out/levered out with a screwdriver? The beer is on its way Budman.
Cheers all from Downunder
#588 of 1050 Re: Bumpy ride [rszabo]
Jun 30, 2006 (4:52 pm)
Good evening to all on this hot day, about 110*F.
Those plastic fasteners are easily removed by prying/levered with a screwdriver on the center little button until it pops out, then the entire fastener comes out.
The oil drains quickly when you remove the plug, beware.
Be careful that the engine is not hot when you reach up to spin off the filter. You will touch the engine(as I have done,ouch! ). It's a small area to get to the filter and quite messy. Take your time and reach for a Bud.
I will be on my doorstep anxiously awaiting my delivery. Thanks, Ron. G'day
#589 of 1050 Re: Oil filter Change
Jun 30, 2006 (5:25 pm)
G'day Budman. Thanks for your help. That's worth a carton of aussie beer.